Revealed: Highest paid actresses on TV

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The ratings for Desperate Housewives might have slipped, but the show's stars still earn big bucks. Picture: File Source: The Daily Telegraph

THE women of Wisteria Lane may be facing the unemployment queue with Desperate Housewives in its final season, but the stars are still laughing all the way to the bank.

Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman have all made Forbes magazine?s list of the top 10 highest paid actresses on the box.

Longoria, who pocketed $US13 million ($13.35m) in the past year, tied with 30 Rock?s Tina Fey for the top spot.

Marcia Cross pulled in $US10 million, while Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher both took home $US9 million, the magazine reports.

Earlier this year it was announced that after eight seasons producers were pulling the plug on Desperate Housewives after the long-running soap suffered a significant drop in ratings.


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Japan's answer to next tsunami: mini-ark

A SMALL Japanese company has developed a modern, miniature version of Noah's Ark in case Japan is hit by another massive earthquake and tsunami: a floating capsule that looks like a huge tennis ball.

Japan's Cosmo Power says its "Noah" shelter is made of enhanced fibreglass that can save users from disasters like the one on March 11 that devasted Japan's northern coast, leaving nearly 20,000 people dead or missing.

Company president Shoji Tanaka says the 300,000 yen ($4000) capsule can hold four adults, and has survived many crash tests. It has a small lookout window and breathing holes on top. It can also be used as a toy house for children.

The company has already delivered two capsules and has orders for 600 more.


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Demi, Ashton 'gearing up for $290m divorce'

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Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore began dating in 2003. Picture: Getty Images Source:

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  • Demi "furious over Ashton's cheating"
  • She is 15 years older than him
  • If rumours true, expect bitter divorce

DEMI Moore and Ashton Kutcher have reportedly been living apart for months as the power couple is expected to battle it out in a bitter $290 million divorce case.

The couple, who have been married for nearly six years, have been living apart after Kutcher's penchant for cheating, according to Star magazine.

"It was definitely a long time coming, but they're finally done for good," an insider told the magazine.

Moore, 48, and Kutcher, 33, have been living on the opposite coasts for months - with Kutcher filming Two and a Half Men in Los Angeles and Moore working on her upcoming movie Magic Mike in New York.

A source told Star that the couple were "just putting on a show until they officially split."

An insider revealed that Kutcher's cheating was what ended the marriage, saying "Demi's finally ready to move on."

Star reported that Kutcher's relationship with a sexy blonde university student was the final straw and that the marriage had weathered another case of infidelity when the actor bedded Brittney Jones just before the couple's fifth wedding anniversary.

Last year, Star magazine reported that Kutcher and Jones had sex on the actor's couch after meeting at a bowling alley.

With the marriage essentially over, the couple will spend plenty of time arguing over their $US300 million ($306 million) in assets, the magazine reported.

Already worth $US140 million, Kutcher will make $US700,000 an episode for Men, making him the highest-paid actor on TV. Moore, meanwhile, is worth $US150 million and has seen her stock fade over the past few years.

Sources speculated the couple should have split years ago.

"They've been faking it for the cameras for way too long," said an insider. "They both need to be honest with themselves and finally tell the world."

Tongues were wagging this week when Moore stepped out solo at the New York Lifetime premiere of Five looking even skinnier than usual.

She also posted an ominous tweet quoting Greek philosopher Epictetus, "When we are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself & study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger," she wrote last week.

Representatives for Moore and Kutcher did not respond to requests for comment.


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Warnock eyes first Cottage win

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Warnock: Hoping to secure first Craven Cottage win with QPR

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QPR boss Neil Warnock believes he finally has a side capable of breaking his Craven Cottage curse ahead of Sunday's West London derby.

The Hoops make the short journey to Fulham this weekend for the first ever top-flight meeting between the local rivals, who have only gone head-to-head 27 times in more than 100 years.

Fifteen of those games have come at Craven Cottage, a stadium Warnock has visited himself eight times as a player and manager.

The 62-year-old has never won there but he believes his Rangers side are ready to change that in Sunday's Premier League clash.

Bad omens

Warnock, who led QPR to the Championship title last season, said: "Last year, we broke one or two bad omens.

"I've definitely never been to Fulham with a team like this."

QPR are four points and seven places better off than winless Fulham and Warnock added: "I can't see us not performing.

"It'll be a good game because I think Fulham are a good team. I think they're in a false position as well.

"They'll be desperate to get a win over us and, likewise, I'm sure our fans are looking forward to it.

"Chelsea coming up as well - it's fabulous for the supporters to have local derbies like that in London."

Fulham go into Sunday's game on the back of Thursday night's 2-0 UEFA Europa League win at Odense.

Cottagers boss Martin Jol has described the competition as an unwelcome distraction but Warnock questioned whether supporters who witnessed their stunning comeback to beat Juventus en route to the 2010 final would feel the same way.


"That must have been a fantastic night for their fans," Warnock said. "It's all right saying it's a competition that you're not bothered about.

"But I think for Fulham, it's probably brought some of the best memories in the last 40, 50 years to the club."

This season's QPR-Fulham games could be among the last to be played at Craven Cottage and Loftus Road, amid reports of the two clubs sharing a new stadium.

Warnock added: "It's only a matter of time before both stadiums are bulldozed, unfortunately, because no clubs playing at the level that they're playing at can sustain that. So I think it's something that'll be talked about."


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Happy hour: Study reveals global mood swings

  • Hundreds of millions of tweets analysed
  • Show global mood swings, beer thoughts
  • May reveal global Monday-itis

A STUDY analysing hundreds of millions of messages on Twitter has found people are happiest in the mornings.

But�it all goes downhill after people start getting to work.

Cornell University sociologists used language software to detect the presence of positive words in 509 million tweets from 2.4 million users in 84countries over two years.

Mood peaks were detected early in the day but began to dip mid-morning, about the time most people are starting their workdays.

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Scott Golder, one of the researchers behind the project, told America's ABC News: ?People criticize the Internet for being mundane or filled with gossip, but that?s really not so.

?The Internet records everything, so Twitter is a giant archive of time-coded conversations.?

Golder created a website,, which anyone can use to track word usage patterns across the day from the database of tweets analysed. It shows how the word "happy" consistently peaks early in the mornings before falling away.

It also shows the world uses the word "depressed" more often in the evenings, possibly reflecting a global mood swing. Sunday evenings and early Mondays index slightly higher than other days in what could interpreted as evidence of global Monday-itis.

The data graphs reflect social activity through the day. "Lunch" has a beautiful consistent peak in the middle of the day.

References to beer, on the other hand, start to rise later in the afternoon. ABC News reported�there was a seven-hour lag, on average, before a rise in the use of the word "drunk".

A�positive peak was witnessed around midnight, followed by a "sharp drop in NA (negative affect, including distress, fear, anger, guilt, and disgust) during the overnight hours", said the study in the journal, Science.

The highest numbers of good mood words indicating enthusiasm, delight, activeness, and alertness were found on Saturdays and Sundays, "which points to possible effects of work-related stress, less sleep, and earlier wake time".

Naturally enough there are strong references to family on the weekends. It also shows eating habits, with bacon getting a lift each morning but then skyrocketing on Sundays.

Samples from predominantly Muslim countries where the weekends are on different days, such as the United Arab Emirates, showed the same patterns on Fridays and Saturdays as seen in other countries on Saturdays and Sundays.

English was the only language analysed, though users came from across the globe.

However, modern technology's answer to every emotion - the smiley or sad face emoticon - was of little help in the analysis, because "usage was too sparse to be able to detect a consistent pattern", said the study.


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Georgia on Agulla's mind

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Agulla: not thinking too far ahead

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Leicester wing Horacio Agulla insisted Argentina must put any thoughts of the World Cup quarter-finals to the back of their minds ahead of Sunday's Pool B decider against Georgia.

Argentina head into the final round of matches level on points with Scotland, who are in action against England in Auckland on Saturday.

If Scotland keep their own quarter-finals dreams alive with a victory by eight points at Eden Park, the Pumas would require a four-try victory.

"We are close to qualifying but we have to play this game 110 per cent to win," said Agulla.

"I think it will be a very tough game, very physical.

"Georgia is such a strong team that I think will not feel the fatigue of having played in the week.

"From what I saw, they get stronger and play better and I don't think Sunday will be an exception."


The injury-hit Pumas set up their qualification chance with a 13-12 victory over Scotland last weekend but were left to count the cost.

Inspirational number eight Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe is out for the tournament with a torn knee ligament while Rodrigo Roncero is sidelined this weekend with a thigh strain.

Juan Manuel Leguizamon has been passed fit for the clash in Palmerston North after overcoming an ankle injury.

Leonardo Senatore replaces Lobbe while Leicester prop Marcos Ayerza starts in place of Roncero.

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has made one further change in the pack, with lock Mariano Galarza coming in for Manuel Carizza, and two in the backs.

Former Leicester flyer Lucas Amorosino, who scored the winning try against Scotland, is rewarded with a start at full-back while Juan Jose Imhoff comes on to the left wing.

Georgia have made six changes following their 25-9 victory over Romania on Wednesday, naming their most experienced World Cup line-up ever with a total of 563 caps.

"We are one step from qualification," added Pumas prop Juan Figallo.

"We do not think of the quarter-finals. We must take it step by step. Now we have Georgia, and in our heads that we must win. Then we will see what follows."


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China web users top 500 million

CHINA'S online population - the largest in the world - has topped half a billion, the state Xinhua news agency says.

Wang Chen, chief of the information office of China's State Council, or cabinet, said today more than 15 million people had gone online since the last official figures were released in July.

The growing strength and influence of the web population has fuelled concern in Beijing about the internet's potential as a tool for generating social unrest, and authorities have stepped up surveillance in recent years.

The government blocks web content that it deems politically sensitive in a vast system dubbed the "Great Firewall of China".

But it has struggled to control the increasingly popular weibos, or microblogs - sites similar to Twitter that provide a new avenue for mass expression in a tightly controlled information landscape.

Speaking at an industry roundtable, Wang said China now had more 300 million microbloggers, while the number of rural rural Internet users had reached 130 million.


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Phil Jackson -- Totally Zen on Kobe Bryant and NBA Lockout


Phil Jackson has one word for concerned Laker fans ... chill -- because the former coach says there's no way Kobe Bryant will miss a single NBA game if he plays overseas.

Phil was flying out of LAX when he talked about the possibility of the Black Mamba hooping in Italy during the cursed lockout -- and in his classic, laid back style ... said, "He won't miss any games."

Phil also talked about Ron Artest Metta World Peace ... and solved America's economic crisis. Not really, but you get the feeling he could. Om ...�


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iPhone gamers get a shot at world record


iPhone gamers have the chance to break a world record by playing Mega Jump. Picture Courtesty of iTunes Source: Supplied

  • Break a world record with your iPhone
  • Judged on highest Mega Jump score
  • World record attempt closes October 3

EVER wanted to break a Guinness World Record using your iPhone? Well now's your chance.

A promotional stunt starting today gives iPhone gamers the chance to have their virtual achievements entered into the Guinness World Records book.

The opportunity to join the ranks of record breakers comes courtesy of a partnership between free iPhone game Mega Jump and officials from Guinness World Records.�

Players of Mega Jump have until October 3 to get the highest score on the game's online leader board, which is powered by rewards compay Kiip.

On October 3 the player with the highest score will then be recognized as the "Mega Jump Guinness World Record Holder."

The game, in which players have to make a character jump to collect various items, is available to download at


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FBI helping hunt for woman missing in Nepal

THE FBI says it's helping the US State Department in the investigation of a Colorado woman who disappeared while trekking alone in Nepal.

Denver FBI spokesman Dave Joly said today the agency was also working with Nepalese authorities on the disappearance of 23-year-old Aubrey Sacco of Greeley.

Ms Sacco�has not�been heard from since April 20, when she e-mailed her parents from Nepal. She planned to finish her trip around April 30.

Her father, Paul Sacco, told the Greeley Tribune that FBI agents had made two or three visits to his home.

Paul Sacco went to Nepal in May to look for his daughter.

He said he recovered her laptop computer and journal from a hotel.

Aubrey Sacco graduated from the University of Colorado last year.


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Heidi and Spencer -- WE'RE NOT BROKE!!!

Spencer Pratt
is telling friends he DOES NOT owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to his former agent, despite reports to the contrary ... because he's NEVER had an agent!!!

TMZ spoke with sources close to Pratt ... who tell us the couple worked with a lawyer when they were negotiating their deals for "The Hills" back in the day ... but they never involved an agency. We're told Spencer insists the lawyer was paid IN FULL.

We're told Spencer is now studying political science at USC ... and at the moment, he isn't actively pursuing work in Hollywood.

As for Heidi, one source told us she DOES have an agent -- whom she pays -- and she currently has "a couple of projects in the works."


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Tropical storm Alex returns to kill 10

THE first major storm of the Atlantic season was entering the Gulf of Mexico today after unleashing landslides and floods that killed at least 10 people in Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Overnight, Alex, which had been downgraded earlier to a tropical depression, strengthened and regained its tropical storm status.

At� noon (AEST), Alex, which packed sustained winds of 75km/h, was entering the Gulf of Mexico some 100km west southwest of Campeche, Mexico, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

"Additional strengthening is forecast - and Alex could become a hurricane within the next 48 hours," the NHC said.

Although it was not due to directly hit the massive BP oil spill off the southern US state of Louisiana, the storm could still generate waves that would hamper clean-up and containment efforts.

Officials in Nicaragua told AFP the bodies of six people had been found in or around the northern city of Esteli, swept to their deaths by torrents from the swollen San Lucas river.

In eastern El Salvador, on Central America's Pacific coast, two people drowned when they were carried away by strong currents near San Miguel, while more than 500 people were evacuated to shelters from high-risk areas.

In western Guatemala, two farmers working on a road improvement project were buried and killed by a rain-triggered landslide, the national emergency agency Conred reported.

Forecasters said the storm was expected to dump a total of 10-20cm of rain over the Yucatan Peninsula, southern Mexico and Guatemala by�this afternoon.

Up to 38cm of rain were possible in mountainous areas and forecasters warned of "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides".

Central America was slammed last month by Tropical Storm Agatha, which roared ashore into Guatemala from the Pacific, unleashing heavy rains and floods that left some 275 people dead or missing.

The NHC's long-term forecast has the storm heading over the Gulf of Mexico in the direction of the US-Mexico border, but with a possibility of waves and winds generated by the storm affecting the site of the huge oil slick unleashed by the April 20 explosion of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig.

But a forecaster at the NHC downplayed a direct hit on the oil cleanup area.

"The storm is not an issue for the spill," said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen.


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CBS -- Suspicious Letter Addressed to 'Dancing with the Stars'

The suspicious, white-powder-containing letter that triggered an emergency situation at CBS Studios in Hollywood today was intended for "Dancing with the Stars" ... law enforcement tells TMZ.

TMZ broke the story ... emergency vehicles were called to the studio after an unknown white powder spilled out of a letter inside the CBS mailroom.

Officials later determined the substance was not anthrax -- or any other harmful substance.

So far, it's unclear if the letter was intended for a specific cast member on the show.


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Mowbray happy with result

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Mowbray: Is pleased to have picked up a point at home

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Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has expressed his satisfaction with his side's goalless draw with Leicester City in the Championship on Wednesday evening.

Boro headed into the clash at the Riverside Stadium with the knowledge that victory in front of their own supporters combined with a draw or a loss for leaders Southampton at Cardiff City will send them to the top of the table.

While the Saints lost 2-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium, Middlesbrough failed to register a win but boss Mowbray had no complaints with his team's result.

"Ultimately it is a satisfactory point in the end," he said. "They (Leicester) will claim a lot of points away over the course of the season.

"They are unbeaten away and, after struggling to find a formation in the early season, seem to have found a way of playing that suits them well.

"They have some talented and technically very good players and, even though we built up a head of steam towards the end, we are, ultimately, pleased with the result.

"I feel as though they will be a strong side this season. Obviously we would have preferred to win but it's not a bad result."

Mowbray's Middlesbrough are now level on 19 points with Southampton and Derby Country.

Eriksson happy

As for Leicester, the draw leaves them in 11th position with 13 points, and their manager is happy with their performance against Boro.

"It was a fair result," enthused Sven Goran-Eriksson. "Last week against Cardiff we should have won but I can't say that after this game (it finished in a 0-0 draw).

"There were no big chances for either. In the last 10 minutes, we were tired so I am happy with the result."

He added: "We cannot be that disappointed with the results because in the second and third games, we lost twice at home.

"We are suffering from that so to start picking up some of those lost points is very pleasing; we have to take them somewhere. We are getting better and better."


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Jol targets Euro success

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Jol: Fulham have yet to win in the Premier League this season under the Dutchman

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Martin Jol has challenged Fulham to kick-start their season with a win against Odense BK in the Europa League.

Fulham own the unwelcome tag of being the only team in Premier League without a win this season and they currently lie in 17th place.

Jol has found their form underwhelming and has orchestrated over an eight-game winless streak in all competitions that stretches back to August 18th.

But in Thursday's Group K fixture, Jol is expecting his team to have a change in fortune.

"I think we will turn a corner somewhere," he said.


"A draw is not a defeat. If we had four or five defeats it would have been a disaster.

"We weren't good enough in the final third of the pitch [against West Brom] but we still had seven or eight chances so that gives us a little bit of spirit coming back.

"It's a very thin line. Aston Villa had five draws and one win and they've got a good position in the league.

"We should have beaten them at home, and even Blackburn.

"We had all draws, five on the trot I think, but we should have we should have won even three of them."


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Tyrese -- BOOTED from Radio Station for Talking About Liquor Stores

claims he was WRONGLY kicked out of a radio station in Delaware yesterday -- and it's all because he TOOK A STAND against liquor stores that operate near elementary schools.

It all happened at WBJR KIIS 101.7 in Delaware -- when Tyrese, who was invited on the show to promote his album, made a PASSIONATE statement about how liquor stores SHOULD NOT be allowed near schools ... after seeing one on his way to the station.

During his rant, Tyrese told the DJ, "Get them cats out of here ... selling alcohol right across from your kids school, homie -- put the pressure on them homie ... you know how to put pressure on dudes selling in your hood."

But when the show went to commercial, Tyrese was asked to leave the building -- and the owner of the radio station confirms to TMZ that it was because he felt Tyrese was "disrespecting" the Delaware community.

After the incident, Tyrese tweeted, "I just kicked out of a radio station frm a [program director] who had a problem w/ me speaking on liquor stores that are by elementary schools in Delaware."

He later added, "If you don't STAND for something.. You will damn near fall for Anything."


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Newsreader fired after incredible f-bomb rant

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Mark Esterhuysen was fired after a 40-second rant, featuring the f-word 13 times, live to air on radio. Picture: Mark Esterhuysen/Facebook Source: Supplied

THIS was no "good night and good luck".

A South African radio presenter has gone out with one almighty bang - dropping the f-bomb repeatedly in a ferocious rant before storming out of the studio.

Mark Esterhuysen, 23, invited listeners to follow his blog and signed off with "peace, love, respect, anarchy" after a vitriolic tirade that featured the f-word 13 times, The Daily Mail reported.

The Johannesburg presenter kicked off his graveyard shift as normal, then took aim at anything and everything, from racism to capitalism.

He described his working situation as "f***ing wage slavery graveyard shit" and said "F*** racism" three times in the 40-second spray.

Not surprisingly, Talk Radio 702 confirmed Mr Esterhuysen had been sacked and issued a scrambling apology.

Mr Esterhuysen invited listeners to follow him on Facebook and Twitter, where he refers to himself as a "defender of anarchy" and an "enemy of the state".


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